Showtime’s “Homeland” was the darling of the Emmys, while “Modern Family” took home a pile of gold, despite whispers that the show (and its Best Comedy win three years in a row) is getting stale. And so, predictably, everyone is complaining about how predictable the Emmys were — and yet there were sighs and gasps across the board at Sunday night’s 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Here are the 12 Biggest Snubs and Surprises from the 2012 Emmy Awards:
1. Jon Cryer Wins Best Actor in a Comedy?!
“Two and a Half Men‘s” longtime second banana finally got his due now that Charlie Sheen is out of the picture, but he was a long, long shot to actually win. He previously won in the supporting category, which is cool, but no one expected him to win in the Leading Man category — not even Jon Cryer.
“Something has clearly gone terribly wrong,” a clearly shocked Cryer said on stage when he picked up his award. Unfortunately, most people agree.
Considering Louis C.K. had taken two statues home Sunday night, we thought he might pull off a darkhorse win for “Louie” … that is, if it didn’t go to “The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons, who’s won the Emmy the last two years.
2. “Homeland’s” Damian Lewis Wins Best Actor in a Drama.
The new kid in the category, “a pesky Brit” to boot, stole the statue away from two powerhouses in a big upset, breaking Bryan Cranston’s “Breaking Bad” streak (he would have won his fourth) and denying “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm his first Emmy win, as the perpetually snubbed star has been nominated in the category for five consecutive years and has never won. Good thing he’s got that whole movie star back-up plan thing going for him.
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3. “Homeland” Makes History, Ruins “Mad Men’s” Shot at History.
“Homeland” winning the night’s top award for Best Drama gives Showtime its first-ever win for a Best Drama Series and in doing so, robbed “Mad Men” of what would have been a history-making win of five years in a row as Best Drama.
But the stellar “Homeland,” which premieres its second season next Sunday, had Emmy-winner written all over it right out of the gate when it debuted; in addition to Best Drama, it also won Best Writing, Best Actress for Claire Danes and Best Actor for Damian Lewis, for a total of four Emmys.
4. From Hot to Not?
It wasn’t just Jon Hamm who failed to get recognition… the entire show had a poor showing. Critical and awards show darling “Mad Men” is used to giving acceptance speeches, but this year the AMC drama was shut out in record-breaking style – it had 17 Emmy nominations this year … and failed to take home a single award. Talk about a snub!
5. Right Show, Wrong Star.
We can’t even begin to understand how Emmy voters could possibly bestow “Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen with a Best Actress in a Comedy award — two years in a row even! — over her much more deserving costar Sofia Vergara. It’s just wrong. (For her part, Vergara was a great sport and showed the love to her costar.)
6. Right Show, Wrong Star, Part 2.
Even diehard “Breaking Bad” fans were a bit disappointed to see Aaron Paul winning Best Supporting Actor in a Drama (again) over his “Breaking Bad” costar Giancarlo Esposito, who gave a gripping performance as Gus on his final season on the show.
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7. But It’s Not a Miniseries!
Nothing against Jessica Lange or her (creepy) performance in “American Horror Story,” but Emmy observers are still smarting over the FX horror series’ inclusion in the miniseries category instead of the drama category (the category switcheroo opened the door for it to earn a shocking 17 nods), and thus any wins, like Lange taking home the Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries trophy, are a bit twisted. Just like the show.
8. A New Reality Host with the Most.
The snub here really goes to “Survivor” host Jeff Probst, who’s a regular winner in the category and surprisingly wasn’t even nominated this year. But with Probst out of the way, we were thrilled to see “Dancing with the Stars” ring master Tom Bergeron finally win his much-deserved Emmy for Best Reality Host.
9. “The Amazing Race” Must Be Really Amazing.
After a seven-year winning stretch dating back to 2003, and then a brief break when “Top Chef” won in 2010, “The Amazing Race” reclaimed its Emmy-winning status as Best Reality Competition…exhausting Emmy viewers’ tolerance for the tired category. Yes, contenders like “American Idol,” “Project Runway,” and, we hate to say it but even “Top Chef” are sagging, but either “Dancing With the Stars” or “So You Think You Can Dance” would have been worthy of tap-dancing their way to a win.
10. The Variety Series Category Could Use a Little Variety Too.
Even Jon Stewart dropped an F-Bomb when “The Daily Show” won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series for the tenth year in a row! While we do love impressive winning streaks (and Jon Stewart for that matter) — we think it would have been a fun upset if the Emmy went to our favorite late-night man of the hour, Jimmy Kimmel. At least Kimmel’s loss gave us a laugh when the “frustrated” Emmys host threw his own parents out of the theater.
11. Down on “Downton Abbey”?
With the Brit hit PBS show being All The Rage, many expected to see the “Downton” crew with a slew of awards, but in the end only Dame Maggie Smith pulled out a win for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, while costars Hugh Bonneville and Julian Fellowes were left out in the cold. And while the Dame is always damn good, many think she robbed “Mad Men’s” Christina Hendricks of the honor.
12. Movie Star Kevin Costner Wins His First Acting Award.
And it’s an Emmy. (He was nominated for Best Actor for “Dances with Wolves” but won for Best Picture and Best Director.) The History Channel’s record-breaking miniseries “Hatfields & McCoy’s” was an undeniable ratings smash, and we thoroughly enjoyed Costner’s portrayal of Devil Anse Hatfield in the tale of the epic family feud, but he still knocked out some heavyweights in his category, from fellow movie stars Clive Owen (“Hemingway and Gellhorn”) and Woody Harrelson (“Game Change”); British faves Benedict Cumberbatch of “Sherlock” and Idris Elba of “Luther”; and even Costner’s own “Hatfields” costar, Bill Paxton. Kudos, Kev!